Director: Patrick Lussier
Writer: Todd Farmer, Zane Smith (Screenplay)
John Beaird (1981 Screenplay)
Stephen A. Miller (1981 Story)
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Betsy Rue, Edi Gathegi, Tom Atkins, Kevin Tighe.
Story: When Tom (Ackles From TVs Supernatural) returns to his home town tens years after a Valentine’s day massacre which claimed the lives of 22 people he finds himself in role of suspect. When people around town start to get killed by someone in a miners outfit similar to the original murderer tensions rise secrets revealed and a guessing game on who is now committing the crimes starts.
Horror: When you see the term horror remake you usually start to think the worse (see Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th). This one comes off very well as the slasher horror genre had been struggling with the new found footage generation or torture porn fans take over the market. For a classic who is in the mask film this is a good watch for all horror fans. (8/10)
Special Effects: Some very good special effects using the 3D technology. Some of the kills are nicely done using some very good effects most notable one victim eats a shovel. (9/10)
Costume: An imposing villain wearing a miner’s outfit intimidating most of his victims (8/10)
Settings: Set in a small mining town adds a nice touch to a real story potential having come from it (8/10)
Suggestion: I would suggest this to all horror fans but it may not be the best for non-horror fans. (7/10)
Best Part: The opening killing spree is very good along with the reveal on who the miner is
Worst Part: Lack of development of characters who seem to get five minutes and killed off
Star Performance: Kerr Smith
Favourite Character: Tom
Least Favourite Character: Megan
Trivia: The first R-rated film projected in Real D technology
Similar Too: Halloween, Friday 13th
Overall: When it comes to good slashers this is one of them well worth a watch. It is good to see one of the Supernatural boys stepping out the show and making a role where he doesn’t know all about what going on. Some nice kills, good younger cast who make the situation believable.